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Member since: Fri Jul 14, 2017, 04:37 PM
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About Me

I am an independent that does not align with either party I have often described myself as a fiscal conservative and social moderate. Professionally I have done everything from being in sales, managing the customer service department and running a multifacility manufacturing company in the US I have traveled and done business internationally for a number of years.

Journal Archives

"The Second Time as Farce"

"Many conservatives are bracing for the worst, but we are more sanguine. The incoming Democratic majority is no cohesive, unified crew. Indeed, the 116th Congress looks a lot like the 112th, in which Republicans held a 42-seat majority. The 2010 election had been a blow to Barack Obama, but the GOP on the Hill was hopelessly divided between “establishment” Republicans, Tea Party Republicans, and “establishment” Republicans trying to mimic Tea Party Republicans. It led to the creation of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of around 40 members whose chief aim, it often seemed, was to block any legislative reform on the grounds that it “didn’t go far enough.” What began as a good and necessary corrective to the unprincipled transactionalism of the GOP leadership turned into obstructionism for the sake of obstruction."

"House Democrats seem determined to reenact this play, but the divisions are more or less the inverse. As Republicans were dominated by lawmakers whose chief aim was staying in power but who were thwarted at every point by a vocal minority increasingly preoccupied with its own righteousness, so today’s Democratic powerbrokers in the House are united only by opposition to Trump and appear destined for conflict with a young and arrogant minority who consider the senior members of their own party just as much the enemy."

"The deficiency of ideas is one reason Democrats attribute their losses to anything and everything but their own party. Whereas Republicans blame each other for their defeats—this side was too rigid on abortion and same-sex marriage, that side was too lax on immigration—Democrats blame everybody buteach other: Russian trolls, gerrymandering, voter suppression, white racism, and whatever other conspiracy theory looks momentarily plausible."

Great piece.

If things play out the way the writer frames them it will be another waste of time by congress and a missed opportunity by the democrats.
Posted by Independent.mind | Tue Dec 11, 2018, 11:51 AM (7 replies)

"President Trumps Stealth Bump Stock Ban Is Illegal And Ignorant"

"Perhaps in search of mythical bipartisanship points, Trump ordered the Department of Justice (DOJ) to craft a new administrative rule banning the devices."

"when faced with an opportunity for political expediency in the wake of the Vegas shooting, President Trump basically demanded the DOJ pretend as if bump stocks—a shaped piece of plastic—somehow now fall within the legal definition of “machine gun.”
Posted by Independent.mind | Fri Dec 7, 2018, 10:10 AM (9 replies)

Great article about the politicization of the judicial branch.

"But that’s not the world we live in. Led by the Supreme Court, the judiciary has allowed constitutional law to diverge evermore from the Constitution, in a process that began decades before the Robert Bork or Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, or Harry Reid’s use and elimination of the filibuster. So we’re stuck with an overly large and overly centralized (and overly executive) government, with every social and political clash becoming a federal case, literally, instead of being resolved by the local, state, or even national legislature."

"President Trump goes too far in deriding all judges opposed to him as partisan hacks. His use of the bully pulpit to casually sow distrust in our legal and political institutions also isn’t healthy for the body politic. But he’s not the first president to criticize court rulings—at the 2010 State of the Union, former law professor Obama made several basic errors just in describing Citizens United (which Roberts didn’t like either)—or the first politician to malign judges."
Posted by Independent.mind | Fri Nov 30, 2018, 12:51 PM (8 replies)

Another interesting read.
Posted by Independent.mind | Tue Nov 20, 2018, 02:27 PM (8 replies)

Please take a few minutes to read this.

“We don’t need American Idols,” he said. “We need American icons. Icons of work. The country needs a parapateia. We need to tell better stories of men and women who master a trade. We have to stop telling kids to blindly follow their passion and show them the opportunities that exist."
Posted by Independent.mind | Mon Nov 19, 2018, 03:24 PM (20 replies)

An interesting read "The Vaporware Presidency"

Excerpt from The Weekly Standard article.

"The big one, of course, is The Wall That Mexico Is Going to Pay For. We’re halfway through the Trump administration and there is no wall. Instead, the president is getting ready for a kabuki fight with Democrats in the lame-duck Congress over funding for construction of a wall that will never be granted. You can bet the milk money that after he fails to get Dems to agree to pay for The Wall That Mexico Was Supposed to Pay For, construction will be punted until the 2020 election. At which point Trump will try to sell voters on the idea that they need to re-elect him to “finish the wall” that was never started in the first place."
Posted by Independent.mind | Thu Nov 15, 2018, 11:48 AM (22 replies)

Was just reading on Breitbart that Trump is planning to fire Kirstjen Nielsen

and John Kelly may resign as a result.

Good thing or bad thing?
Posted by Independent.mind | Tue Nov 13, 2018, 12:12 PM (15 replies)

What a great example!

Kudos to Dan Crenshaw for the way he handled this situation.
He showed he is a man of class and dignity and is a great example to all.
Posted by Independent.mind | Tue Nov 13, 2018, 09:54 AM (3 replies)

My thoughts and sympathy are with the family and friends of Sgt. Ron Helus

He is a hero and I offer my deepest condolences to his family and colleagues.

Edit to add this extends to the family and friends of all of the victims in this tragedy.
Posted by Independent.mind | Thu Nov 8, 2018, 10:28 AM (4 replies)

Regardless of the outcome of today's election the Democrat party needs to get their act together

if they intend to make any kind of real advances over the next two years heading into the next presidential election cycle.

Dems may or may not make gains in the House today and likely won't make gains in the Senate but these are much more localized elections than a presidential election.

"We aren't them" and "Resist" are not messages that will resonate on the whole and are not going to be enough to make them respected enough to be considered serious.

I strongly believe this country needs a minimum of two healthy and viable political parties to prevent rampant corruption and get the best ideas and brightest people into positions of political influence.
Posted by Independent.mind | Tue Nov 6, 2018, 09:46 AM (25 replies)
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